Posts in category "exercises for runners"

Breaking News! The Greatest Discovery in Exercise Science

Breaking News!  The Greatest Discovery in Exercise Science
Here is the Future of Fitness Imagine every minute of your workout being results-driven and having to spend less time exercising in order to lose weight. The Method CRA-Test®  allows a person to look at their individual unique metabolic fingerprint at a cellular level. Although great trainers help with providing the programming to achieve fitness and performance... Read more »

2 Exercises to Increase Your Kid's Speed

There is something cool about being fast.  Regardless of the sport your child plays, speed is an absolute skill that will enhance their performance.  I only have a few years of watching my kids play sports because they are so young, but it so clear that speed is a skill.  Running mechanics do not come... Read more »

Jump Rope Workout Part 3, three easy jump rope tricks

This is part 3 of a Jump Rope Workout series.  This first part taught how to get started jumping rope. I mentioned in part 2  that there is tremendous value in learning three basic footwork patterns. By learning to change your footwork patterns you are also changing up the direction of impact on your lower... Read more »
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Improve Your Kid's Running Skills

Improve Your Kid's Running Skills
Tips to Improve Your Kid’s Running Skills Most sports require the need to change directions.  When training this specific skill, you will discover you are working all the muscles in your legs and in your feet.  When developing this skill in children the intensity should be fairly moderate.  The goal for young children, ages 5... Read more »

Great Home Dumbbell Exercises, Do This, NOT That!

Tricep Overhead Press - If you are standing during this exercise keep a soft bend in your knees.  This exercise is challenging if you have limited shoulder joint flexibility.  The goal is to keep your posture lifted and your arms parallel to each other (so the elbows point over head) and framed along the side of your head.  A common mistake is the angle of the head and arms break the posture all together and the movement become very limited and unproductive.  One trick to help accomplish this is to look up when doing this exercise and press your palms up to the ceiling.
Being stuck at home for a workout is a good thing. The simplest workouts are most often the best!  In fact, a couple sets of dumbbells is really all you need to create a total body strength training program.  Granted, I personally add a jump rope and abs to the mix, but I will take... Read more »

Can you do abs everyday?

There is a difference of opinion in the fitness industry on this topic.  Many believe, like myself, that the abdominals should be treated like every other muscle group in the body.  In doing so, you would provide it with at least a 24 hour rest period in-between workouts.  Like your chest or legs, it is... Read more »
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5 Best Fitness Gadgets

1.	Iron Gym Pull Up Bar ($30, target.com)- this is the best $30 my husband has ever spent on fitness equipment.  Despite owning a gym, he is a sucker for gadgets.  This pull up bar works fantastic.  It does not ruin my doorframe and had held up for a couple years now considering it gets used 2-3 times a week.

Made in Chicago: KoreFit, An all-in-1 fitness tool.

Made in Chicago: KoreFit, An all-in-1 fitness tool.
I have the pleasure of meeting so many different people in the fitness industry.  The great thing is that they all contribute to the industry in different ways.  I recently met the guys over at KoreFit.  They are located at 2023 W. Carroll Ave in the Kinzie Industrial Quarter of Chicago.  They were kind enough to drop off  a KoreFit apparatus at my gym POW! .  Whenever I have new toys, I ask students that work in the fitness industry to play with them and give feedback.  One of my students Deanna Bellamy, who also owns her own training business, Body Revolution was the perfect student to have test out the KoreFit.  She is a personal trainer who conducts training sessions often outside, using the elements of her surroundings as a means to build strength and unique fitness exercises.  Because of the adaptability of KoreFit, I thought she would love to take it on the go and give a try.   Here is her review. KoreFit has impressed me with the rebound and balance training capacity on this innovative fitness apparatus.   The combination is very exciting because of it’s variety in preventive, rehabilitating, and dynamic exercise opportunity.  Both cardiovascular and strengthening, numerous body needs can be accomplished on this piece. ...

Harder Abs = Harder Planks

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I will admit that planks in general are really in style for trainers.  The truth is they are a really perfect exercise.  When you add dumbbells, movement, explosive actions they evolve to perfect-plus (+).  Also trendy in fitness is, ‘working the core.’  Not only doing lots of ‘core’ training, but also saying the word ‘core.’  I feel self-conscious sometimes saying – ‘do you feel your core when you do this?’ Almost like I did in the 90s asking clients if they feel the burn...
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Do you have varicose veins? I do, and it's covered by my insurance.

Do you have varicose veins? I do, and it's covered by my insurance.
Without starting this blog out reviewing high school biology, I just need to say that the veins in your body return blood back to the heart. This seems like a fairly important job. Of course there are different types of viens, but I want to get to my varicose veins and why there is medical cause to have them repaired.  I have included a great video on the anatomy of the veins in which you want to learn a little more (click here to see it). What I find facinsating about veins, is how the body handles re-routing blood without major consequences to the heart when the vein’s valves stop functioning.  Are you wondering why I would even ponder this question?  I have alot of collasped valves in my legs.  Here is how I found out...